Recommended LearnJCU site structure

The following recommendations for structuring your LearnJCU subject site refer to the default LearnJCU subject site template and is based on the principle that students will benefit if particular elements are considered ‘core’ for all subjects.




The Home page is the notification dashboard for your subject that updates you on any changes, activity or events since your last visit. By default your Home page will contain the following modules:

  • My Announcements: contains links to the full Announcements area
  • What’s New: Displays a list of new items in the site relevant to your role (eg. Teachers see Submitted assignments and test, Posts of Discussion Boards, Blogs and Journals; Students see new Discussion Board posts, new grades posted, new content added)

Additional modules can be added by selecting from click the 'Add Subject Module' button and selecting from the listed modules.

Tip: A graphical banner is a good way to personalise your site. Blackboard recommends an image 480x80 in PNG format with a transparent background


Use this area for ongoing notices, new information or any instructions about the subject during the Study Period.

Tip: Make your first announcement a welcome message. Suggest how to use the site; encourage students to check in regularly.

Subject Outline

This area should contain your subject outline document that will include information about the administrative/operational aspects of the subject (e.g. timetable, schedule of activities over the Study Period, subject protocols, and instructions for joining tutorial groups).

Tip: This area can also be used to provide additional information needed by students to successfully participate in the subject in the subject (eg. links to any software required to view the subject materials such as Adobe Reader and the minimum computer hardware and software specifications required to access the subject materials.


Provide names and contact details of the Subject Coordinator, Subject Lecturer and all tutors. Include face-to-face or virtual contact times and general expectations in relation to email response times.

Tip: Consider including details for IT Helpdesk, Faculty Librarians and student mentors.

Learning Resources

Learning Resources should contain any documents, media, web links, publisher resources that students need to engage with the subject on a weekly basis.

Deposit all copyright material and media files in Reserve Online and publish as links to your subject site

Tip: Consider using creating folders to organise subject content by week, module or topic. Create subfolders within each folder for items such as lecture notes, readings and additional resources.


Specific information about individual assignments that is not already in the subject outline document should be included in this area.

An Assignment dropbox should be created for each written assessment item to facilitate electronic submission of documents.

Tip: Where plagiarism checking is required, enable the Safe Assign submission setting. A Draft dropbox and a Final dropbox should be created for each submittable assessment item to allow students to self-check their academic writing.


Use this area to create whole class Discussion forums topical to the subject. Consider creating a link to the appropriate forum in your content folders.

Tip: Consider including an ‘FAQ’ or ‘Questions for the lecturer’ forum to help manage common questions about the subject.

Blackboard Collaborate

Use the Blackboard Collaborate tool to conduct online web conferences or virtual classroom sessions when online tutorials, presentations, seminars or virtual office hours are required.

Tip: Blackboard Collaborate sessions can be recorded and accessed from this area under the Recordings tab


This section contains a link to Pebble+ (ePortfolio) that provides staff and students direct access to their personal learning space. This space is separate to LearnJCU.

Tip: Consider creating PebblePad workspace for your subject if you want students to undertake activities such as reflection, planning and recording their achievements.


List all prescribed textbooks and other key references for the subject.

Tip: Many publishers make electronic versions of their textbooks available for use within online subject sites.


The Groups area will be automatically populated with the class groups students have signed up to with eStudent (eg. tutorials, practicals). These groups cannot be altered but can be used to communicate easily with particular groups or manage their assessment data.

In this area you can also manually create your own student groups for group projects or assessment tasks

Tip: Create a SmartView in the GradeCentre for each of your groups to make it easier to manage assessment data.


The Tools area contains a pre-configured selection of student tools including links to My Grades, Send Email and Blackboard Collaborate

My Grades This is a direct link to the My Grades tool that allows students to check scores for assessment and any feedback you have provided as well as the upcoming assessment items in the subject.
Subject Media Catalogue (Hidden by default) The Subject Media Catalogue is used to display a list automated lecture recordings when a lecturer has opted to use JCU media capture service (Mediasite)

The Subject Media Catalogue is not available by default as media capture is an opt-in service.
My Mediasite (Hidden by default) My Mediasite is used to access your personal media management dashboard where lecturers have opted to use the JCU media capture service.

My Mediasite is not available by default as media capture is an opt-in service.